About Dr. Michael Richard
I was first drawn to oculo-facial plastic surgery because of its ability to address both aesthetic and sight-impairing conditions as well as by my desire to combine technical expertise with an artistic vision. I have been fortunate to experience how this specialty can produce life-changing functional and cosmetic results for my patients.
I believe that my role is to guide patients through the decision-making process involving their care. This process begins with a discussion of the concerns and goals of the patient. From there, we can discuss the underlying processes that are causing the condition, be they medical or cosmetic. Options may include medical treatments, non-surgical office-based procedures, or surgery. After weighing the risks and benefits of the options, patients can decide what works best for them.
I am very sensitive to the fact that being a patient makes you vulnerable. It is a physician’s responsibility to recognize this and to help minimize that vulnerability. This involves good communication, both in relaying information and in listening. I deeply value the trust that my patients place in me; it is my hope that they, in turn, feel well cared for.
For me, time never goes faster than when I am operating. I can lose myself for long periods of time as I become absorbed in the details of surgery. I enjoy all aspects of my job, but surgical days are my favorite for this reason.
I have a wonderful family: an amazing wife, a daughter in college, a son in high school, and two great (albeit energetic) dogs. We enjoy hiking with the dogs and skiing as a family.